Had a weekend off from Shakespeare and took my camera along to see Joan Jett and The Blackhearts in Dundalk, MD. Stood next to a tree in my Athenian hat*, took some photos but mostly enjoyed the concert. Made for a nice break. Heard new music which I enjoyed, songs that amuse me ended up on the set list ("The French Song" and "A.C.D.C.") and I appreciate anyone who can work uncouth into a lyric. There was another word choice that I thought to mention but it has escaped out the door of 2 a.m. Thank you once again, Joan Jett, for an excellent night. Also affordable, which is appreciated. I'm due another shopping expedition to the Blackheart store whenever my scheduled freelance deposits actually start arriving with some regularity (apologies but I needed to vent about corporate inepitude just for half a minute somewhere.)
And so much for eloquence. Maybe I'll try a ramble. Thinking again about the characters I started with after last year's visit to a Joan Jett concert. Have been considering whether comics are the medium for me. Put Blink Kitty Love animations together to send as examples of Flip Boom to the Toon Boom social media guy and found myself impressed by their rawness + the edge I managed to get in occasionally. I like the flow of animation; I like not having to worry about what size paper to print on, how to afford the paper to print on and how to distribute. And I think I've always been influenced by Scooby Doo and Rocky and Bullwinkle. I find hints of them in my art sometimes. And thanks to a concentrated effort, first #10000robots3000guitars or something like that and recently, regularly posting digital art on the Blink Kitty Love Signs of the iApocalypso Tumblr, I know my art is improving.
But first, I have a stated goal to do the Midsummer Night's Dream of the century. I've split it into three parts, it's exhausting, confusing, the actors are going off book this week (never a good phase) and we open in less than a month. And that will cap more than 8 months of theatre. And allow me a pause to listen to all the winds and whispers from my inspirations and try to steer.
Click through to see the entire photo set:
Here's another; Jett had a lot of energy for a hot night:
And one of the weirder but fun Blink Kitty Loves:
*keeping three worlds of #3dreams straight with hat + clothing choices. helps me maintain the individual moods.
Perhaps this needs to be a home for visuals with the occasional this inspires me rant. Colors of early Spring have started, I'm finding this transistional period and the new growth sparking ideas. I am also turning into a yardworking fiend. Me + the heavy duty pruning shears trimming the lilac, rose and forsythia. Very satisfying. Plus, flowers pushing through the ground (takes some moxie, that does) inspired an attempt at a t-shirt design, which then turned into an animation. Next up, haiku perhaps.
Howdy. I'll give an asymetrical snow storm surviving November rose for starters.
And follow it with the latest from the origin pond since it has once again been too long since I've posted here:
Reading Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction To Its Own Past. Solid music references + author Simon Reynolds knows how to keep a discussion moving + interesting. Enjoying it. Considering who is innovating these days. Also, Joan Jett is trying out new music in concert. I've never had the anticipate a Joan Jett and The Blackhearts album thrill. I think I'd like to.
Finally picked up Malinda Lo's Huntress but wasn't impressed. Ok, girls kissing, but is that really the only reason people like it?!?!??! Very thin on plot and character. Too simplistic for me. Trying to figure a fictional way to get the taste out. Gayle suggested Bellwether. Read Bellwether if you haven't; it's a wonder.
Has anyone read the new Terry Pratchett, Snuff? I'm curious but fear that some plot points might be off putting. Pratchett can do that. But mostly what he does is turn out comic gems so if I see it at the library I'll give it a try.
Tower Heist was mediocre, although I enjoyed Téa Leoni, Matthew Broderick and Casey Affleck's perfomances. Rest of movie uneven. Car out the window stuff entertaining.
Catching up on the sixth season of How I Met Your Mother, which we skipped last year in prime time. Solid stuff. Chuck just makes me sad this year. So much potential + comic talent wasted. And why is only Chris Fedak talking it up. Is the lack of Josh Schwartz influence part of the problem?
14% voter turnout on Tuesday. Appalling. Local write in city council candidate might have actually gotten enough votes so that's the excitement of democracy in action. Of course, then he might get booted for a 20 year old drug charge, which is unclear legal language at work. Ah, America.
Being impressed by hustle. And considering how to be a bit more proactive about my own projects. Jason Sadler's I Wear Your Shirt is selling next year's calendar now. They wear shirts 365 days a year promoting businesses through social media. It seems both an unusual + successful strategy. And that's a lot of energy + personality to put into a business. Lori Kirk of Cavata Clothing also impresses me with her get the brand out there + make something happen hustle. I want to do a Boston T-shirt/music safari sometime. Between Cavata, Declaration and Regan Smith Clarke, there's certainly some things to see. That's 20. What are you reading/watching/thinking about?
Joan Jett's on the nominee list for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame so this is good time for some photos + a quick list of what I learned from the recent Joan Jett concert I attended.
I like this photo because Jett's so in the zone.
THINGS I LEARNED FROM THE JOAN JETT CONCERT:
Ok, that's a good quick list of of the top of my head bullet points. Concert didn't inspire me to immediately pick up my guitar but it did inspire me to pick up pencil and paper and start a project. Jett's an inspiration/example to so many people and she takes that responsibility seriously. And on stage in concert and interacting with the audience, Jett had the confidence and air of a person doing exactly what she wants to, exactly how she wants to. So while replaying the songs in my head, I tried to think what that would be for me. And I'm working patiently (and working on patience is part of the work) on something fun, satisyfing, challenging and more personal than usual. I think I prefer detachment (cue camera) but there are ways to make art/music/writing personal to your audience without getting the sense that people are invading your private life, which another equation Jett seems good at. And an equation I need to crack because I think it's preventing people from caring. (And how many times have I used the verb think...usual answer: more than the verb feel or any of its synonyms.)
Ok, some more pictures. I posted a set here, but you get three of my favorites that aren't in that.
A conversation w/ guitars, from the encore
Looks like fun, doesn't it
P.S. Interview w/ Joan Jett from the Morton Report ranges over many topics, including songwriting.
Edges, crushing or otherwise, don't seem to be working for me right now. They've been washing over me as I happily focus on the details of something I'm enjoying the experience of, whether an actor's timing of a speech, the syllables of a haiku (note to self: do poetry post) or the best angle to have my camera at. Since Much Ado finished, I have been in a funk, thinking about details, lost in future projects and remembering how much I enjoy being totally focused on a subject as I capture angles, breaths and moments. Having a camera in my hand, taking pictures, changing angles, moving from pose to pose, from thought to thought, whenever this happens, it's such a flow moment. And a wonder. So I borrowed a jeweler friend's stock, back porch and tried to sell her on natural light to remind myself. It worked.
And Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are coming to town next week, which if you've read any of the earlier entries, you will realize is a fairly big event for me. Jett's example has been daring/pushing me and now that my focus seems to be narrowing from the broad sweep of the crushing edge to the craftsmanship and beauty to be found in details, I'm considering bringing my camera along and seeing what happens when Muse and craft meet. With me dancing occasionally probably, which is the part that worries me. I'm not sure that's on my camera's skill list. I'm hoping for hidden talents.